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Suzanne Winchester

Associate Director , Public Relations, University of Utah Health, University of Utah Health
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Jul 23, 2018 10:00 AM

Douglas Hutchinson

University of Utah Health orthopedic hand surgeon Douglas T. Hutchinson, MD, has been named the first recipient of the Aaron A. Hofmann, MD, and Suzanne T. Hofmann Endowed Chair for Humanitarianism in Orthopedics. Hutchinson, director of the University of Utah Orthopaedic Hand Fellowship, is a national and international educator, distinguished researcher and master clinician.

“The Hofmann endowed chair aims to promote the training of orthopedic surgeons to treat crippling musculoskeletal conditions in patients with limited resources,” stated Charles Saltzman, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at U of U Health. “This endowed chair will promote a culture of humanitarian work amongst Utah orthopedic trainees.”

Hutchinson’s expertise ranges from microscopic reattachment of amputated hands to the complete reconstruction of congenital malformations in infants. He is one of the top U.S. surgeons with expertise in reconstruction of pediatric hand deformities (e.g., absent thumbs, missing radius or ulnar bones of the forearm and duplicate fingers) for which he is internationally renowned. Additionally, he innovated a new care delivery model for common minor surgeries (e.g., carpal tunnel release) that has resulted in fewer anesthetic needs for patients, lower costs, improved outcomes and greater patient satisfaction.

In addition to his medical advancements, Hutchinson has founded and maintained the longest standing fellowship program in the Department of Orthopaedics, with over 90 applications for two spots every year. He also co-founded a new graduate course in Bioengineering titled “Engineering Aspects of Medicine.”

Aaron and Suzanne Hofmann generously donated to U of U Health to endow this chair with the goal of supporting humanitarian efforts and fostering a culture of humanitarian work among Utah orthopedic trainees. Their deep sense of giving aims to elevate all members of society, including underserved populations, which provides immense value not only for those that are treated but also for those providing care.

“Dr. Hutchinson is wholly dedicated to providing and maintaining the principles of humanitarianism envisioned by the Hoffmans,” Saltzman said.